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Tourism and Hospitality

Welcoming New Visitors

Tourism and Hospitality

Welcoming New Visitors

With abundant outdoor activities, rich historical sites, and breathtaking views in Franklin County, it’s no wonder the tourism and hospitality industry is thriving here. Franklin County tourism offers guests the chance to swap hustle and bustle for a bed and breakfast, or trade out their daily commute for a canoeing trip. Upstate New York tourism opportunities range from snowshoeing to enjoying a spa day to exploring natural history at the Wild Center. Here, our unique opportunities are our greatest asset – and our region continues to prove its strength as we attract new visitors every year. In fact, Franklin County received $105 million in direct tourism spending in 2019 alone. We pride ourselves on our hospitality, and we have top-notch hotels, restaurants and breweries to prove it.

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Regional Tourism

Tourism from North to South

The Franklin County tourism industry represents all of the Adirondack Frontier including the major destinations of Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, and Malone.

Tourism experiences in Malone range from camping to skiing at Titus Mountain Family Ski Center. Tupper Lake is known for its breathtaking vistas of the Adirondack Mountains and the Wild Center natural history museum. Saranac Lake is the ultimate relaxation getaway, with its many wellness offerings, in addition to live music, a downtown shopping district and scenic parks.

Workforce and Education

Tourism and Hospitality Education Programs

The comprehensive Hotel, Resort & Tourism Management program at Paul Smith’s College allows students to gain real, hands-on experience with companies by completing projects for existing firms. Additionally, students can earn academic credit and paid industry experience during a semester in residency. Meanwhile, the Recreation, Adventure Education and Leisure Management program at Paul Smith’s College focuses on experiential education, leadership, management skills and adventure opportunities. Students choose from minors in outdoor leadership, environmental communication or environmental studies. At North Country Community College, students can enroll in the Wilderness Recreation Leadership program which gives students the leadership skills and outdoor experience to become guides, outdoor educators and other recreation pros.

Notable Employers

Tourism and hospitality companies focus on attracting visitors to Franklin County, helping to stimulate the local economy and continue to grow the region.


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